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Date:   Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:45:33 -0700 (PDT)
From:   David Miller <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next] bnx2x: Don't flush multicast MACs

From: Yuval Mintz <>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:27:19 +0300

> When ndo_set_rx_mode() is called for bnx2x, as part of process of
> configuring the new MAC address filters [both unicast & multicast]
> driver begins by flushing the existing configuration and then iterating
> over the network device's list of addresses and configures those instead.
> This has the side-effect of creating a short gap where traffic wouldn't
> be properly classified, as no filters are configured in HW.
> While for unicasts this is rather insignificant [as unicast MACs don't
> frequently change while interface is actually running],
> for multicast traffic it does pose an issue as there are multicast-based
> networks where new multicast groups would constantly be removed and
> added.
> This patch tries to remedy this [at least for the newer adapters] -
> Instead of flushing & reconfiguring all existing multicast filters,
> the driver would instead create the approximate hash match that would
> result from the required filters. It would then compare it against the
> currently configured approximate hash match, and only add and remove the
> delta between those.
> Signed-off-by: Yuval Mintz <>


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